Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for Xerox

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge.


Finding a subject to post under X was always going to be a challenge. But I have a very short true story that I experienced a couple of years ago. The brand managers at Xerox are going to be very happy with this story.

I had to take photocopies of my mark sheets for some reason or the other. I was wandering around a side-street in Koramangala, looking in vain for a photocopy shop.

I saw an elderly security guard outside an office building, and asked him if there was a photocopy shop nearby.

"Photocopy?" he looked at me with great contempt. "Xerox-aa?" 

I don't know enough Kannada to render his next few words in the language he said them in, but the gist of it was that I should not be snobbish enough to call a Xerox a photocopy. If I wanted a Xerox, he said, I should ask for a Xerox.

He ended by gesturing down the road to indicate that the photocopy shop was further on. 

I walked on, bemused.
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2 comments:

Jessica Peterson said...

Funny post. People can be offended so easily. I'm going to have to go look and see where Koramangala is now. :)

Have fun with the last few letters of the challenge.

Ornery's Wife said...

LOL! Like calling a "tissue" a Kleenex, or a crayon a Crayola. Somethings are just meant to be called that! :)

Happy A to Z--almost done!
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